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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm PDT
the crisis from escalating. >>> employment figures in the united states show improvements in september as the presidential campaign heats up in the country. the news could provide a boost to president barack obama. u.s. labor department officials say the u.s. jobless rate dropped to 7.8% in september. the figure is the lowest since obama took office in january 2009. employers added 114,000 nonfarm jobs, matching the expectations of analysts. the nonfarm sector is considered particularly sensitive to economic trends. 44,000 jobs were added in the health care sector. manufacturing employment edged down, shedding 16,000 jobs. >>> policymakers at japan's central bank unanimously decided to maintain current monetary policy. this comes after the rare attendance by the economic and fiscal policy minister. seiji maehara has been advocating aggressive monetary easing to get the economy out of deflation. after the two-day meeting through friday, the policymakers shared the view that personal spending remains steady as the jobs situation is improving. but they agreed that output and exp
PBS
Oct 18, 2012 5:00pm PDT
after japan nationalized the islands. chinese officials have criticized japan and the united states for planning a joint exercise next month. personnel will take part in the scenario in which they will t to recapture islands. defense forces soy they have scrambled more jets. pilots have given out an increasing number of warnings from planes from china. >> reporter: the aircraft took tohe skies 209 times between april and september to warn foreign aircraft of possible air space violations. chinese aircraft was warned 69 times. 80% of those warnings happened in july and september. chinese jetssually cross the air defense identification zone and would approach an area 200 kilometers north of the island before hitting back. ministry officials are trying to figure out why. >> translator: we have monitored chinese naval no, sforces in re years. we must keep collecting information on aircraft and vessels in the region. we must also car out our mission precisely. >> reporter: in march of last year two chinese navy ya aircraft flew within 60 kilomete kilometers. they came close but didn't enter
PBS
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm PDT
united states should see 2.2% growth. global growth will increase to 3.3% next year but they warn europe's credit problems still pose a threat to the global economy. the bank's latest report project 7.2% growth across 14 countries. that's lower than the forecast in may. the region includes china but not japan. china's domestic demand is sluggish and it's hurt exports throughout the region. growth in east asia will rise to 7.6% next year. they say china will pick up steam and demand will grow within southeast asia. they are also being cautious. >>> chinese officials safe they have cancelled plans to aattend world meetings. japan controls the islands. chinese leaders say the territories belong to them. representatives of the industrial commercial bank of china, china construction bank will skip the world bank gathering. a ministry official was quoted as saying japan's unilateral actions are freezing relations. it's the world's largest bank and the other institutions are among the top ten on the planet. senior officials are still expected to take part in the meetings here in tokyo. w
PBS
Oct 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT
code of conduct despite the urging of the united states. the focus is now on bl the relevant countries will bridge their differencest a series of summits nex month. >>> spokespe are no plans for direct talks with japan's leaders. relations between the countries have soured. china and taiwan also claim the islands. if summit is scheduled to open next monday. japaneserimeinisr i alady considering attending. there's fo plano plans for the s to meet. >> translator: japan should immediately correct i wants mistakes. make an effort to remove obstacles to improving relations. >> observers say that chinese government sees the summit as a chance to protetstance to the international community. mpb >>> buddhists are fighting a muslim minority. >> reporter: the conflict involves majority buddhists and minority muslims. local authorities say the latest wave of violence has killed 84 people and wounded more than 120 others. the international group human rights watch released satellite images of muslim homes in the area. compared with photos from march, they review heavy damage. the latest
WHUT
Oct 9, 2012 7:30am EDT
the unemployment rate in the united states encouraging manufacturing numbers from there and china and growth in emerging markets. but many have read too many stories the past few years to get too excited about the global economy. some of the world's leading economic minds have gathered at the tokyo international tor forum for the annual meeting of the international monetary fund and world bank. nhk's ron madison is there and will be there all week. i was hoping you could break this down for us. what's going on there? >> reporter: there's lots going on. already been a very full morning. lots of people here. we have finance ministers, central bank governors and other officials from 188 member nations all here now to really, you know, try to agree on how to deal with the problems that they share. and as you point out, they do have quite a few of them. of course, we've got the debt crisis in europe. but also another factor is the slowing growth in china. also, political problems on the horizon in the united states as well as other places. now, the economists from the imf have answered som
PBS
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm PDT
so far. >> translator: we urge the united states not to take a specific position on the issue between japan and china. >> american leaders have said the islands are subje to e u.s.-japan security treaty but they refuse to take sides in the dispute. >>> government officials from japan, china and south korea have emphasized the importance of cooperation to overcome confrontation. they met monday in seoul to mark the first anniversary of an organization to promote peace and prosperity in the area. the top issues were the territorial dispute pitting japan against its neighbors. the islands are ctrolle by south ykorea and claimed by japan. >> translator: i believe that cooperation will play an important role in resolving disputes among our three nations. >> a south korean expert explained the leaders are unable to show initiative because of the leadership transitions expected later this year. a japanese participant sai ty should refrain. >>> japanese self-defense force officials say they are hoping they can use dialogue to work out any problems with their neighbors. a security meeting will
WHUT
Oct 10, 2012 7:30am EDT
firm ground when it is not. for example in the united states, the message is -- be careful not to go over the fiscal cliff, or to hit the debt ceiling. because that would be detrimental to economy and confidence. >> we are seeing relatively strong growth in emerging markets. how susceptible would you say are they to the global downturn? >> well they are. if something were to happen in the united states or a fair escalation of the crisis in the area no one is immune. this is why a key policy message from our report is that -- this country's, must keep their guard up. and then, preserve -- the -- policies, that they have in case they have to use the it later on. >> okay. heard from imf chief this week. she says more needs to be done with regards to greece. how much progress has been made in terms of them implementing reforms. can they implement need read forms before october 1th leaders' summit as some are demanding. >> i don't think there is a fixed deadline. our people are in athens. discussing with the greek authorities. we are making progress. on the different, use. we are disku
PBS
Oct 17, 2012 5:00pm PDT
tokyo stock exchange. >>> now theuropean union is ping to launch trade talks with the united states next year. a transatlantic deal could create a trade bloc accounting for nearly half of global output. eu leaders will begin a two-day summit in brussels on thursday to discuss trade negotiations. according to a draft obtained by nhk, the eu leaders will work toward launching the negotiations in 2013. leaders from both sides agreed in november last year to set up a high-level working group aimed at expanding trade and investment. the group pls to release its report by the endf this year. the draft also calls on eu countries to begin negotiations with japan for an economic partnership agreement. but france is among several countries expressing concern over an eu/japan deal. they say it will lead to a sharp rise in auto imports. >>> now people in india have suffered through chronic shortages of electricity, even blackouts. they may get some relief. their prime minister has held talks that could pave the way for imports of uranium from australia. man mohan singh hosted the australian prime mi
WHUT
Oct 23, 2012 7:30am EDT
off on foreign policy and the united states' role in the world. the two men running for president of the united states sat down across the table. they took turns criticizing each other. barack obama and mitt romney met in boca raton, florida, two weeks before americans go to the polls. they exchanged differing views about the u.s. foreign policy. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and as a consequence, al qaeda's core leadership has been decimated. in addition, we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. >> what's been happening over the last couple of years is as we've watched this tumult in the middle east, rising tide of chaos occur, you see al qaeda, rushing in, you see other jihadist groups rushing in. they're throughout many nations in the middle east. they argued over policy in libya, syria and iran and romney criticized obama's foreign policy as a failure and said the u.s. should take a leading roll. a cnn poll taken after t
PBS
Oct 25, 2012 5:00pm PDT
united states. it's worth more than $150 billion annually and includes everything from animation in gaming to software development and multimedia. the best part of this expo is the number of prototypes you the sample. the best in ideas that haven't hit the market. can't read sheet music? no problem. researchers created something that does it for you. users write notes then scan them with this device. a camera turns what it sees into data and inputs that into an algorithm. it's played back in realtime. >> translator: i want people to have fun and experience something new when they add digital technology to an analog format. >> reporter: researchers at the university of tokyo focus their efforts on helping people control their weight and their cravings. they created these goggles which change the size of your food according to its nutritional value. you think you eat. the more the result, you feel fuller, faster. >> translator: i know that the cookie isn't changing but it felt like it was growing and shrinking in my hand. >> reporter: even parking your car is now easier. researchers a
PBS
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm PDT
farms, homes, and roads. today, less than half of the original wetlands in the united states remain. when we convert these rich natural systems to agriculture we lose a lot of biodiversity. we may be down to hundreds instead of many thousands of species. (jane joyce) after centuries of wetland destruction, efforts are underway to preserve and restore these vital ecosystems. (dr. carter johnson) definitely, attitudes about wetlands are changing. a lot of studies have been done that have shown very clearly that the 1993-1995 floods on the mississippi and missouri rivers would have been greatly lessened had fewer wetlands been drained. and i think retaining those basins in their natural form is definitely a value that we should recognize. (jane joyce) once considered wastelands to remove, people are beginning to realize the value of wetlands
WHUT
Oct 2, 2012 7:30am EDT
assembly. north korea's vice foreign minister use aid podium at the united nations to announce a change of course. he said his country wants to build relations with other countries. he said the united states should change what it called its hostile stance. >>> the door has opened to a new era. we will forgery lags relationse friendly with us, without being bound by the past. >> north korean officials failed in launching a satellite carrying rocket. trying to test ballistic missile technology. pak accused the u.s. of forcing the council of the launch. and he accused south korean president of causing interkorean relations to hit rock bottom. some people from japan are an emotional and spiritual journey in north korea. paying their respects to relatives they lost at the end of world war ii. fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, who died and were buried far from home. nhk world reports from pyongyang. >> reporter: parents or siblings of the group's members died of illness or hunger while interned by the soviet military. it occupied what is now north korea right after the war. th
PBS
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
lost 70% of the value in the last year since economic sanctions were imposed by the united states and europe over iran's nuclear program. it's dipped to record lows against the dollar. a money exchanger who witnessed the protest told nhk by phone that the demonstrators were merchants. >> there are no reports yet of injuries. many shops have closed in and around the bazaar. security officers are patrolling the area. anti-government protests are unusual in iran. a similar riot has erupted in another area of the capital city. >>> japan's foreign minister pledged to step up the battle with china over the senkaku islands. he said japan must more strongly convey its views to the rest of the world. >> translator: japan should objectively explain its stance that the islands are an inherent territory in a lot of historic cal facts and based upon international law. we will strengthen and clarify our position. >> gemba says the measures include running advertisements in overseas newspapers to counter china's claim. the state affiliated china daily faced two-page ads in the "new york times" and "
PBS
Oct 11, 2012 7:00pm PDT
to be dialing up a deal that will give them presence in the united states. softbank is considering acquiring sprint nextel. sprint nextel has more than 56 million subscribers. negotiations are to acquire more than two-thirds of the company's shares. it's expected to reach $12.8 billion. both firms are providers for apple's iphone and they both use a high speed wireless communication protocol called long term evolution. the stronger yen is believed to be a factor in soft bank's decision in acquiring sprint nextel. they are hoping to vastly expand their network and customer base in the united states where the market is showing considerable growth. if successful the deal would lead to the creation of a te telecommunications with more than 19 million subscribers. >>> u.s. markets ended lower dragged down by lackluster earning reports. the dow jones extended its losing streak to four days. this is the lowest closing since september 11. we go to ramin who is at the tokyo stock exchange. what can you tell us? >> good morning. following the slight losses that we saw in new york we got to k
PBS
Oct 15, 2012 7:00pm PDT
the united states, canada and australia. three are from china and south kor korea. the college's vice principal says oceans are public property and should be accessible to any nation. >> i strongly believe that face-to-face meeting like this program will promote mutual understanding on the confidence of individuals. >> participants at the ten-day meeting plan to discuss disaster rescue operation, humanitarian assistance and working together for maritime safety. >>> more japanese companies basiced by the march 11th disaster of last year are taking part in one of biggest trade shows in china. they are pinning their hopes on the market. >> reporter: the latest installment of the china import on export fair opened in southern province of guangzhou on monday. about 20,000 domestic and foreign are participating in the event which runs until november 4th. japanese companies are showing their products. some are from areas devastate bid the tsunami. makers have set up exhibition booth. this is almost double the number that took part last autumn. representatives from japan explained how th
WHUT
Oct 11, 2012 7:30am EDT
plans for agricultural sustainability. droughts of course have dried up fields across the united states. the price of corn and soy beans hit record highs. world bank experts are warning that prices could stay high for some time to come. now, kim and the other people meeting down there aren't the only ones with an insider's perspective on the world's financial challenges. central bank governors and finance ministers from leading economies will be meeting later on not too far from here. finance ministers from the group of seven nations last met in april. that was in washington. they too are considering ways to shake off the weight of the debt crisis and stimulate steady growth. representatives of eurozone countries are expected to look for support fortre thfor the re they launched. they want it to help their economy and other markets. >> europe's problems have spread to other places, china notwithstanding and emerging economies. we're going to be hearing more about the g-7 ministers meeting later in the day. we heard from the leaders of the imf and world bank. one political leader we spoke to
PBS
Oct 9, 2012 7:00pm PDT
levels. imf economists note japan and the united states are facing huge deficits and the countries need to implement fiscal reforms to maintain investor confidence. it also acknowledges a decision by eurozone countries to launch a permanent fund designed to bail out struggling members. they say worries about the health of the region's financial system have increased since the spring with the need to use capital to help troubled banks in spain. >>> greece is one of the struggling eurozone members counting on bailout funds to keep it functioning. international lenders are demanding the country's politicians implement deep spending cuts in return for that aid. angela merkel traveled to athens to urge greek leaders to push ahead with austerity measures. merkel met with greek prime minister samas and this is her first visit since the debt crisis began three years ago. she hopes the country will stay with the eurozone. she has been demanding tough deficit cutting measures. greece's politicians are wrangling over the details of an austerity package that's a precondition for more than 30 billio
WHUT
Oct 19, 2012 7:30am EDT
nationalized the islands. chinese officials have criticized japan and the united states for planning a joint exercise next month on an uninhabited island nearby. personnel will try to recapture the remote island from enemy forces. >>> japanese officials are looking for support from britain. the prime minister told his british counterpart william hague that the senkaku islands are an inherent part of japanese territory. >> translator: the two countries agreed that the issue should be tackled peacefully in accordance with international law. >> gemba said the japanese government will deal with the matter calmly and take into account peace and stability in east asia. >>> another japanese institution is feeling the backlash from the dispute between japan and china. the chinese director of a movie in this year's tokyo international film festival has decided to withdraw his entry from the competition. the news agency says the film director is pulling his movie from the festival. he's an associate professor at the beijing film academy. his film depicts a woman struggling with her family's expe
PBS
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm PDT
person says the fleet provides a compact force of the united states and its allies and partners. there's fresh tension between japan and south korea. the south launched a protest with japan claiming that a helicopter belonging to the self-defense force entered the air defense identification zone in the sea of japan. the issue centers around the takeshima islands. they are claimed by japan but controlled by south korea. the south korean defense ministry says a helicopter took off located 54 kilometers east of the islands on september 21st. the ministry said the helicopter entered the zone for five minutes. it said the craft left after it was warned by air force fighter jets. the ministry noted prior approval is required before entering the zone. it set us defensive measure against unidentified aircraft. japanese government officials said the helicopter was flying above open sea during regular training and didn't enter south korea's identification zone. >>> taiwan's envoy from japan has returned to tokyo. the head of taiwan ease liaison office came back to japan. >> translator: th
PBS
Oct 10, 2012 5:00pm PDT
pyongyang to offer flowers to the statues of the late kim jong song and kim jong-il. state media oy reported kim visited the palace where the bodies of his grandfather and father lie in state. an editorial in the workers party newspaper called on the party to unite under the new leader in order to show its authority and power. it said the party is capable of accomplishing anything. experts believe north korea's new regime hopes to tighten its control of the country while strengthning the role of the party. >>> g-7 finance ministers and central bank governors will put eir heads together again to try to fd a way to keep the global economy from stalling. they're getting ready to meet in folk tokyo. their discussions are happening on the sidelines of the international monetary fund and world bank meetings. this is the first group of 7 meeting since april when ministers met in washington. they're trying to find ways to create steady growth despite europe's lingering debt crisis. representatives from eurozone countries are expected to look for support for the new rescue fund they launched
WHUT
Oct 24, 2012 7:30am EDT
. the united states came 22nd. china was 69th. >>> people in japan's north east are focused on overcoming the challenges of the 2011 disaster. but it won't be easy. they have to rebuild homes, businesses, entire communities. we'll show you their struggles an ahead. everies when day at 1:00 p.m., japan thim here ime. here on "newsline." >>> a japanese conductor is trying to lift spirits with a lift of his baton. he staged a concert with an orchestra. those from kosovo from war in the 1990s. those from japan more recently. kosovo is trying to recover from an ethnic civil war that ended a decade ago. the conductor traveled to kosovo five years ago and started an orchestra. their music uplifted audiences in kosovo and, he thought they should do the same thing in japan. many here are still depond eent after 2011 disaster. though natural disasters and wars are natural calamities people endure the same hardships and can encourage each other. ♪ >> the conductor had the japanese children's song or "sunset and afterglow" adapted for the concert. ♪ he got the idea while viewing the su
PBS
Oct 16, 2012 5:00pm PDT
recent years. the meeting came amid the recent severe drought in the united states causing a surge in food prices. let's check on the markets for this wednesday morning. u.s. stock prices ended higher supported by recent favorable economic data and strong earnings from companies. the dow jones average ended .95% higher. to see how all of that is affecting stock prices near japan we go to ramin at the tokyo stock exchange. we have been focusing on data and earnings so far this week. tell us how japanese stocks are reacting to all of this. >> yes, indeed, relating to earnings actually we had blue chips in the u.s. such as goldman sachs and johnson & johnson coming out with strong earnings and u.s. data so far this week has shown to be favorable as well, and we did see an uptick in the industrial production data onuesdayn the u.s. also. that might give a bit of a boost for japanese exporters as well. let's have a look at the opening levels for today for the nikkei and the topix and both indexes trading higher, 3/4 for the nikkei and the topix at 738, both indexes trading fairly positivel
PBS
Oct 26, 2012 7:00pm PDT
the north. now the east coast of the united states, you're going to be on tap for some heavy rainfall. already you're seeing some very rough surf along the east coast of florida, even off there towards the carolinas. tropical storm watches and warnings are actually being posted here, but where the main threat's going to be is going into the early part of next week. take a look at this. as the storm continues to pull off here towards the north, it's going to be making a sharp turn towards the northwest, and that's where it's going to be impacting, around washington, d.c., even off towards new york city, you could even be seeing hurricane-strength winds. flooding from the heavy rainfall of the storm system but not just the exact track. this is a very wide wind field, so you're going to be seeing some gale-force winds across a very huge area, across much of the cities here in the northeast. not just that, but cold air coming in out of canada. look at winnipeg with a high of zero. that's going to filter down into the appalachian mountains going through the early part of next week
WHUT
Oct 25, 2012 7:30am EDT
have a strong military relationship between the united states and south korea, that we work closely with other countries in the region. to make very clear that -- our interest is in peace. not in any kind of provocative behavior. >> south korean and u.s. officials agreed this month to extend the range of ballistic missiles to 800 kilometers more than dublt current limit and would allow the missiles to reach any point in north korea. >>> japan coast guard officers are warning chinese government ships to leave japanese waters around island in the east china sea. japan nationalized the sekaku island last month. china and taiwan claim them. coast guard officials spotted vessels inside japanese walters. they warned the crews of the ships to leave the area but the boats didn't leave. coast guard officers are monitoring two other chinese patrol boats sailing just outside those waters. vice foreign minister kawai lodged a protest with yonghua. kawai demanded they leave immediately and claimed they are an inherent part of chinese territory. >>> ongoing territorial disputes are causing japane
WHUT
Oct 31, 2012 7:30am EDT
eastern seaboards, of the united states. and this time -- it did make a landfall in the eastern coast. hence, the biggest storm in generations. now it has the become a remnant of low-pressure systems, so, it is much weaker than, than it was when it hit a landfall. though the tropical moisture brings all the humidity and turns and makes a lot of downpour as cross ts across the. you can see the size. it is very big. not an organized system t it will bringing, patches of very heavy rain across the regions. not only that -- it brings all of the cold air from the north across the system. what it does is take a look at the video coming out from the west virginia. here -- we had, 73 secentimeter of snowfall, in just from this storm system. and the additional -- snowfall could ak sthael ectually exceed meters, on top of lots of more plowing to do. see it can pull back. and the system is moving away from the land masses. blizzard warnings is posted and in effect in west virginia. back to you. >> damages could reach $20 billion, and the cost of restoringi inelectricty. it takes into accou
WHUT
Oct 17, 2012 7:30am EDT
meeting came amid the recent severe drought in the united states that is causing a surge on food prices. >> apple is expected to introduce a smaller version of the ipad in california next week. the invitations say we have got a little more to show you. apple has close to a 70% share but rivals amazon and google are gaining after introducing 7 inch tablet pcs. they are a little smaller and can be held with one hand. meanwhile, microsoft is trying to boost its market share with lower prices. their starting price will be $499. that is 17% cheaper than apple's ipad. surface will go on sale next week. it's microsoft's first tablet computer. >>> two top executives of citigroup have resigned. they had steered the bank through the financial crisis. the news surprised many wall street traders. the third largest u.s. banking group announced tuesday that its chief executive officer and chief operating officer have stepped down. pandit became citigroup chief executive officer five years ago when the bank's business suffered huge losses from sub prime loans. he implemented streamlining measures to i
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states. >> campbell is scheduled to meet with japanese officials to discuss bilateral cooperation on situations in east asia. >>> we interviewed a prominent british analyst on how he sees japan/china relations at the moment. professor michael clarke is director general at the royal united services institute for defense and security studies. >> for european, we understand the issue, i think, of the islands. we understand the delicacy of the issue. but it is a problem that can be similar disputes all around the world, and they will flare up from time to time. the most important thing from tokyo's point of view is not to allow too many precedents to be set on either side, which lock both powers, both beijing and tokyo, into positions from which they cannot retreat. we are modern powers in the world. there are many powers in the world which really are not modern. china is a great 20th century power. it's not really a 21st century power. and so those of us who are post-modern century societies, who live in very 21st century ways in the world, have got to share our ideas abo
KCSMMHZ
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
two years. >> no one in the united states, you know, less in japan and i hope in china wants to see shots fired over three or four uninhabited rocks in the east china sea. as long as we're concentrating on the sovereignty issue, we're probably not going to get anywhere. on the other hand, the resource issues can be addressed separately, without regard to sovereignty. >> bader says the u.s. government doesn't intend to mediate. he called on both sides to refrain from any action that could be considered a provocation. he argued the violent protests in china against japan's nationalization of the islands were counterproductive, unwise, and damaging to china itself. >> it made china look like an aggrieved third-world country that was not acting like an international community. >> japanese leaders say their claim to the senkaku islands dates back to 1895. chinese officials maintain their country was forced to give up the territory after losing the sino-japanese war. >>> the philippines and vietnam have appealed to the international community for a peaceful and legal resolution to the sou
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
the collective maritime interests of the united states and its allies in the asia pacific region. the u.s. also plans to deploy new f-35 stealth fighter jets in the region. the f-35 is now in its final stage of development. it has an advanced network system to connect the aircraft with ground-based radar and aegis vessels which can provide integrated information to the pilots. >>> earlier i spoke to nhk world's senior commentator hisashi sua. so, hisashi, is it unusual to have two aircraft carriers in this region at the same time? >> no, it's not that unusual. u.s. navy policy says there should be a presence of twoiers in the region. but this is not always the case because of demands elsewhere, so "uss george washington" has its home base in japan. the "uss john c. stennis" is based on the u.s. west coast but is on its way to the persian gulf to join the fleet. it arrived in the western pacific in mid-september. >> so is there anything unusual about what's happening right now? >> yes. the fact that the u.s. navy made the announcement in the first place. usually, it doesn't announce de
KCSMMHZ
Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
fought two wars that cost us dearly, the united states is turning to the vast potential of the asia pacific region. >> obama turned his attention at home to pushing through health care reform, something president after president had tried to do. he succeeded with what became known as obama care, the most significant overhaul since medicare and medicaid in the 1960s. he pushed to shore up banks after the financial crisis and congress passed legislation two years ago imposing stricter regulations on financial institutions and giving more protection to customers. reforming the nation's finances has proved more difficult. republicans criticized obama for the mounting national debt and they say the unemployment rate, 7.8%, is unacceptably high. >> the latest poll suggests the candidates are running close, but they were taken before the storm hit shore. earlier i spoke with nhk world's nishikawa on obama's successes and his failures. mishiko the president is not the first president, obviously, to promise change. but he certainly made that word stick. how do voters think he has done? >> ri
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
leaders in the united states as well as here in japan. he said waiting until the strains become clearer just leads to harsher outcomes. vinals says japan's high level of debt presents a stability risk and said the government leaders need to deal with budget problems. they pointed to commercial bank holdings of government bonds as yet another risk. they project in five years bonds could make up a third of those banks' total assets and they warned those institutions would suffer heavy losses if interest rates rose. now, vinals said japanese leaders need to be more vigilant about their risks. i had a chance to speak with him about some of the problems and some of the solutions. mr. vinals, you spoke this morning about japan remaining a concern. you're saying that the sovereign debt could become fully a third of bank assets in five years. holding that many assets obviously puts the banks at risk if bond prices plummet, so how would you say is the best way out of this that's least disruptive to the economy? >> i think that the best way when you have banks with a very significant port
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states in 2011 and this past summer. prime minister noda is telling voters that the opposition is not cooperating and will be delayed if funds stop flowing and services were interrupted. the opposing parties are pointing fingers at the government, on the other hand. they insist that noda is not following through with his promise to call a general election soon, because he is unpopular, and they do not appear ready to cooperate. you know, if both parties, both sides, can not come to an agreement and the budget cannot be enacted during this month-long diet session, japanese voters will surely find -- surely lose their trust in their elected officials. >> so could these negotiations force prime minister noda to set a date for the general election? >> noda does not have to call a general election until next summer. he said he would call an election soon the last time he had a compromise, but that was in august. the prime minister and lawmakers in his ruling democratic party are in no hurry to dissolve the lower house. an nhk poll suggests that his approval rating and that of the dp
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
wider conflicts between the united states, the former soviet union, and china, as well as the ambitions of its neighbors, thailand and vietnam. king sihanouk was a symbol of cambodian resilience over six turbulent decades. the body of sihanouk will lie in state at the royal palace for three months to give cambodians an opportunity to say farewell. that will be followed by a state funeral. now peace and prosperity are gradually returning to the country. many cambodians see the passing of their former king as the end of an era. >>> the weak global economy is forcing companies to look for new markets to grow. even so, pakistan doesn't seem like an obvious choice. headlines from there often focus on political chaos and terrorism. discouraged a group of japanese companies from taking a closer look. nhk world reports from islamabad. >> reporter: siakot is a city in east pakistan. at this garment factory, 150 men make uniforms for judo and karate. they work for japanese companies that moved its base here from china. >> translator: we are starting to receive orders from companies in europe, as
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
: japan's entertainment industry is the second largest in the world, after the united states. it made about $160 billion in 2007. but sales have dropped to around $150 billion since then. animation sales fell below $2 billion last year from their peak of 2.8 billion in 2005. domestic cd sales are also down, reflecting the shift to digital down loads. people in the industry hope foreign markets will give them a boost. they are trying to generate interest around the world, but especially in asia's rising economies. >> asia has been influenced by many major markets, and japan is a major market. >> translator: i'm proud of japanese content. we'd like to spread this great content around the world without worrying about the segmentation within our industry. we hope to increase global profits. >> reporter: japan's sluggish economy, along with its aging progression, is having an impact across the board. creators in the company's entertainment industry are trying to tap into new markets, not just to direct sales, but to guarantee their survival. >>> there's a tropical storm swirling near the philipp
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
afghanistan has been rising following the release of an anti-islamic film made in the united states. the taliban is trying to take advantage of the hostility to increase support for its campaign of violence. international forces and their afghan colleagues need to work hand in hand to counter the insurgent threat. but the insider attacks are fueling mistrust and pushing them farther apart. hideki yui, nhk world, islamabad. >>> japan's prime minister is looking ahead to a fall full of challenges and he's trying to be ready. yoshihiko noda reshuffled his cabinet. he replaced more than half of the ministers. noda's aiming to boost support for his ruling coalition. the opposition is pushing him to call a general election. the new cabinet was officially inaugurated on monday evening after a ceremony at the imperial palace. noda kept koichiro gemba as foreign minister, former diet affairs chief of the main ruling democratic party. koriki jojima are will take over as finance minister. satoshi morimoto maintains his post. he's the first person from the private sector to hold the job. deputy chie
KCSMMHZ
Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states to begin uttering such words. a new poll from nbc news and the "wall street journal" suggest obama and romney are even at 47%. >>> minsters from about 40 countries are meeting in seoul to discuss a new framework on climate change. they're trying to narrow the differences between developed and developing nations. the minsters are preparing for the u.n. conference on climate change next month in doha, qatar. >> we will start laying the groundwork to draw successful outcome. please show your commitment and leadership at the minster meeting. >> the kyoto protocol expires this is year. delegates at the meeting hope to agree on a time table to launch by 2020. >> translator: global warming cannot be prevented unless all countries take part in the effort. japan wants to lead efforts to create such a framework. >> delegates from industrialized countries want all major emitters, including china and india, to be bound by reduction cuts. those from developing nations say they need more financial and technical support. >>> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the
KCSMMHZ
Oct 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
hirokazu nakaima announced he will visit the united states sunday. he's aiming to meet with senior government officials to convey the anger of the okinawan people. >>> a joint chinese navy and air force fleet has conducted an exercise near a disputed group of islands in the east china sea. japan nationalized the senkaku islands last month. china and taiwan claim them as their own. 11 ships and eight aircraft from the navy, fishery administration, and marine surveillance agency took part in the exercise. the drill was based on the scenario that the crew of the patrol boat had fallen overboard and were injured during a skirmish with a foreign vessel. china's state run television station broadcast the exercise live. china's national radio says chinese patrol boats have been harassed by foreign ships around the disputed islands. it says the exercise was named at protecting china's territorial sovereignty and maritime interest through strengthening ties between the navy and other agencies. >>> european leaders have seen banks there crumble one after another. they've agreed at a summit i
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
are taking part from 19 nations including the united states, canada and australia. three are from china and south korea. japan is involved in territorial disputes with both nations. the college's vice principal toshihiro yamamoto says oceans are public property and should be accessible to any nation. >> i strongly believe that face-to-face meeting like this program will promote mutual understanding and confidence-building of individuals. >> participants at the ten-day meeting plan to discuss disaster rescue operations, humanitarian assistance, and working together for maritime safety. >>> more japanese companies affected by the march 11th disaster of last year are taking part in one of the biggest trade shows in china. they're pinning their hopes on the chinese market despite soured relations between japan and its neighbors over disputed islands group. nhk world's shunishi reports. >> reporter: the latest installment of the china import and export fair opened in the southern province of guangdong on monday. it's held every spring and autumn. about 25,000 domestic and foreign firms
KCSMMHZ
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
lawsuit in the united states. nhk world has more. >> reporter: samsung alleges apple's latest smartphone violates eight patents. it targets technologies for installing photos. the two firms have been fighting similar trials in ten countries including in japan. samsung received the green light on monday from a u.s. district court in california in another case. the company can resume sales of its tablet device, the galaxy tab 10.1 in the u.s. market. the court decided in june to temporarily ban sales, but apple has dominated the legal battle so far winning $1 billion compensation in a u.s. court. its lawyers are keeping up the pressure. apple added four new samsung models to a list of products it says infringe apple's patents. this man is an expert on smartphone industries. he warns if the legal fit drags consumers could be the ones left to pick up the bill. >> as of now i don't think there's an impact for iphone because there's no decision made. with this patent case going on, there might be an increase in the price of the handset of the smartphone itself, so that is kind of th
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
operated by the united states. china's alternative is called bedo. tests on it began last december. chinese officials say the positioning system will have a wide range of applications, and some analysts point out that china is developing it for both commercial and military purposes. >>> about 10,000 children are born in japan each year with congenital heart disorders. that's roughly one baby in 100. many of them can be cured through surgery, but lately some people are finding themselves with life-threatening conditions such as heart failure decades after undergoing surgery. nhk world's takafumi terui reports. >> reporter: this man from shizuoka city in central japan is 56 years old. he was born with a hole in his heart. the man had an operation when he was 11 years old. he'd been healthy for years afterward. but in may this year, an electrocardiogram during a rue heen health checkup revealed some irregularities. the man went to see a doctor. he learned that his heart had grown to 1 1/2 times its normal size and could stop beating at any moment. he was hospitalized immediately. >> t
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
accused obama of making the united states appear weak immediately after taking office. >> the president began what i've called an apology tour of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they looked at that and saw weakness. in those nations and on arabic you said that america had been dismissive and derisive. you said that on occasion america had dictated other nations. mr. president, america has not dictated to other nations. we have freed other nations. >> reporter: obama appeared eager to attack his republican opponent, accusing romney of sending mixed messages on important issues like afghanistan, iran, and iraq. romney focused on demonstrating his understanding of foreign policy, even agreeing with the president on many points. on syria, both candidates backed the use of international pressure to oust president bashar al assad, but both oppose a direct u.s. military intervention. they also agreed that china could be a partner of the united states as long as it abides by international trade regulations. >> definitely a good debate for obama. i th
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